NC State vs Saint Louis

Saint Louis rallies for overtime victory over NC State

CBSSports.com wire reports
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ORLANDO, Fla. -- At least one No. 5 stayed alive.

Saint Louis, seeded fifth in the Midwest Region, worked five extra minutes Thursday night to avoid joining fellow No. 5's Cincinnati and Oklahoma in falling to 12th seeds in the NCAA tournament. The Billikens advanced by wiping out a late double-digit deficit and beating North Carolina State 83-80 in overtime.

Rob Loe led the way with 22 points and 15 rebounds. Atlantic-10 Conference player of the year Jordair Jett overcame a slow start to score 18, doing most of his damage while Saint Louis (27-6) was escaping a 59-45 hole over the last five minutes of regulation.

"We didn't want to end on that kind of note. We didn't want to bow out of the tournament this early," Loe said. "We're here to win, and we're here to put our mark on basketball."

With better free throw shooting, Saint Louis would have won without having to work overtime against a team playing its second game in three nights.

No. 12 seed NC State (22-14) beat Xavier in an opening round game in Dayton, Ohio, and fatigue could have been a factor in the Wolfpack collapsing late and missing 17 attempts from the foul line.

"It's heartbreaking. ... Obviously we're going to always feel like we let one slip away," NC State coach Mark Gottfried said. " It's hard to explain. We're a good foul shooting team."

T.J. Warren scored 28 points for NC State, but the Atlantic Coast Conference player of the year made just six of his 14 free throw attempts. He missed one that could have tied it in the final minute of OT.

Warren fouled out with 27.9 seconds remaining, leaving Ralston Turner to try to rescue the Wolfpack with a desperation 3-point attempt that clanked off the rim as time expired.

Saint Louis, which starts five seniors, moves on to play either fourth-seeded Louisville or No. 13 Manhattan Saturday.

The Billikens did it despite trailing by as many as 16 and going 12 of 26 from the foul line.

"They got us out of our game ... both defensively and offensively," Saint Louis coach Jim Crews said. "Early in the game Rob hit a couple threes to get us off to a good start, but we started settling for jump shots I thought maybe the first eight minutes of the game, and then we just weren't getting back (defensively)."

Warren scored at least 20 for the 19th consecutive game. Turner, who finished with 16, hit a jumper and three free throws during a 19-7 spurt that helped the Wolfpack open their biggest lead.

Saint Louis whittled away at its deficit, eventually tying the game at 70 on Jett's driving layup with 18.8 seconds remaining.

It went to overtime when point guard Tyler Lewis was unable to get the ball to Warren and missed an open 17-foot jumper at the buzzer.

Saint Louis played its best basketball of the season during a 19-game winning streak, however the Billikens stumbled down the stretch and had lost four of five.

North Carolina State, by contrast, surged late to earn a spot in the NCAA field.

The Billikens won their opening game in the tournament each of the past two seasons before losing matchups against Michigan State in 2012 and Oregon a year ago.

"We missed a ton of free throws tonight, and we missed some other opportunities both defensively and offensively, but I thought during the process it was pretty good," Crews said. "We were getting what we wanted to get, but we weren't cashing in on it. I can't salute these guys enough in terms of how they just stayed with it."

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Scoreboard
North Carolina State #12 30401080
Saint Louis #5 «26441383
NCST:T. Warren 28 Pts
NCST:L. Freeman 9 Reb
NCST:T. Lewis 6 Ast
STLOU:R. Loe 22 Pts
STLOU:R. Loe 15 Reb
STLOU:M. McCall Jr. 6 Ast

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PLAYERS OF THE GAME
NC StateSaint Louis
NCST
T.J. Warren
STLOU
Rob Loe
PtsRebsAstPtsRebsAst
288122153
NC State Wolfpack
T. Warren, F4111-226-1481528
R. Turner, G375-104-550316
J. Vandenberg, C271-21-48143
T. Lewis, G263-92-21628
K. Washington, F101-10-01012
L. Freeman, F361-31-29013
A. Barber, G202-63-62217
D. Lee, G164-73-410113
B. Anya, F120-00-03020
T. Lacey, GDid Not Play
S. Battle, GDid Not Play
C. Cannon, GDid Not Play
J. Robinson, FDid Not Play
C. Brickhouse, FDid Not Play
P. Wallace, GDid Not Play
Totals 28-6020-3738102080
 46.7%54.1% 
Saint Louis Billikens
R. Loe, F408-112-5153222
M. McCall Jr., G403-114-666212
J. Jett, G367-144-1054418
J. Barnett, F312-30-11156
D. Evans, F295-140-060511
J. Manning, C193-51-21137
A. McBroom, G121-20-01032
T. Lancona, F111-21-22023
G. Glaze, F71-20-00102
J. LePak, GDid Not Play
R. Agbeko, FDid Not Play
M. Crawford, G-FDid Not Play
A. Eagleton, GDid Not Play
A. Yacoubou, GDid Not Play
Totals 31-6412-2637162683
 48.4%46.2% 
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TeamConf. W-LTot. W-LRPI Rank
Virginia16-230-47
Duke15-335-46
Notre Dame14-432-616
Louisville12-627-921
N. Carolina11-726-1211
Miami (Fla.)10-825-1365
NC State10-822-1439
Syracuse9-918-1369
Pittsburgh8-1019-1576
Clemson8-1016-15106
Florida St.8-1017-16110
Wake Forest5-1313-19150
Boston College4-1413-19165
Georgia Tech3-1512-19153
Va. Tech2-1611-22228

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TeamConf. W-LTot. W-LRPI Rank
Davidson14-424-835
Dayton13-527-932
Rhode Island13-523-1066
VCU12-626-1015
Richmond12-621-1456
Geo. Wash.10-822-1384
St. Bona.10-818-13121
UMass10-817-1581
La Salle8-1017-16101
Saint Joes7-1113-18178
Duquesne6-1212-19223
Fordham4-1410-21238
George Mason4-149-22222
Saint Louis3-1511-21272
 
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